PCSX2

PCSX2 is a great emulator that lets you play your ps2 games on your pc. Its simple to set up, is compatible with most games and lets you massively improve the graphics (depending on your hardware)

You can find some detailed background at Wikipedia:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PCSX2

How to Use PCSX2

You will need the PCSX program, a bios from your ps2 system, the nuvee light gun plugin and a backup ISO of the game that you want to play.

How to install PCSX2 and the Nuvee light gun plugin:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=151385.0

Download PCSX2:

http://pcsx2.net/download/releases/windows/send/40-windows/118-pcsx2-1-4-0-setup.html

Download the Nuvee light gun plugin to let you use your light gun:

http://pcsx2.net/download/send/41-win-plugins/12-nuvee.html

Another good tutorial on getting PCSX2 set up:

https://www.dedoimedo.com/computers/pcsx2-emulator.html

Here is a video walking you through how to set up your lightgun with nuvee and pcsx2:

PCSX2 Graphics

The graphics in PCSX2 can be anything rom the native graphics poutphted by a real ps2 right up to 4k and beyond. There are also countless enhansements and graphic improvements that take advantage ov modern hardware to improve the look and feel of games over how they were intended to be played.

All that really constrains pcsx2 graphics is your hardware. It is quite intensive and is among the most demanding of emulators. A good (high clock rate) cpu is needed for the emulation but an excellent GPU is required if you want to take the pscx2 graphics to the max.

How to set up PCSX2 to Enhance graphics

https://forums.pcsx2.net/Thread-How-to-improve-the-graphics

Getting your games to work in PCSX2 automatically.

PCSX2 works really well but especially with light gun games, you often need a different setup with each game. Also, setting up Nuvee can be a bit awkward until you get your head around it.

Here is a great link detailing how to set up the gun games:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=151385.0

And also, a useful plugin if you are using Launchbox that will help you configure per game configs:

https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/1877-nuvee-pscx2-configurator-next-nuvee-editionlightguns/

PCSX2 Games

PCSX2 lets you play most PS2 games and lets you play them almost perfectly fo the most part.

They don’t have 100% compatibility, but no emulator can get that as far as I know.

In terms of the ps2 light gun games that PCSX2 can play, you can play Time crisis 2 and 3, , Time Crisis Crisis Zone, Endgame, Vampire Night, Ninga Assault and my personal favorite – Virtua Cop elite edition which is my favorite way to play Virtua Cop anywhere.

To get a complete list of pcsx2 games along with compatibility reports, known bugs and glitches as well as hacks you can visit this page: https://pcsx2.net/compatibility-list.html

Setting up your Light Gun on Pcsx2

Getting your games to work in PCSX2 automatically.

PCSX2 works really well but especially with light gun games, you often need a different setup with each game. Also, setting up Nuvee can be a bit awkward until you get your head around it.

Here is a great link detailing how to set up the gun games:

http://forum.arcadecontrols.com/index.php?topic=151385.0

And also, a useful plugin if you are using Launchbox that will help you configure per game configs:

https://forums.launchbox-app.com/files/file/1877-nuvee-pscx2-configurator-next-nuvee-editionlightguns/

I have written a couple of game specific guides that walk you through the process with videos. You can find them below:

Epsxe2

Epxse was a ps1 emulator for the pc and other systems. It was very similar to the pcsx and the pcxsr emulators and had similar performance. It was the go to ps1 emulator for a lot of people.

There was no epsxe2 emulator made though as the project was not taken forward. pcsx2 is still my recommended ps2 emulator.

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